Department of Art and Art History Staff

Art and Art History Staff: New Work and Accolades

Thu. June 8, 2017

Faculty and students at the Department of Art and Art History are not the only ones changing the world with the work they do. The department's staff is equally active in the arts, both locally and nationally. Here is a sampling of some of their most recent work and acclaim:

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"World's Greatest", Amber Shields

Amber Shields, photography lab manager, has been named one of the 2017's recipients of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography Award for her work, Visions of Johanne. "Visions of Johanne is a meditation on mortality told through photographing the aging process of my grandmother over the last 15 years of her life," writes Shields. "I documented the fear and isolation of aging along with the love and familial connection of a life well lived." The MPS Fund awards cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a cultural documentary project. 

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By day, kt Shorb is the Art and Art History Department's graduate coordinator, but also by day (and night) she creates work that enriches the life of theater in Austin with her collaborators at Generic Ensemble Company. Their most recent show, Scheherazade delves into Islamophobia and detention and will run from June 2-17, 2017 at The Vortex theater. KUT Austin's Arts Ecletic program did a feature on the work and The Austin American-Statesman has called it, "timely, necessary piece of political theater." 

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A Routine in Parts, Eric McMaster, two-channel video projection. (Previous work. Not a preview of TEMPO project)

Come the Fall semester, students and the Austin community will have the opportunity to see the work of Fabrication Lab manager and Studio Art Lecturer Eric McMaster in the 2017 TEMPO public art program. TEMPO is a part of the City of Austin's public art repertoire, allowing artists or artist teams to explore a range of themes suitable for the outdoor environment and provide the opportunity to create innovative, thought-provoking artworks that impact the way people experience their environment. District ten will host an exhibition of all TEMPO works during November's East Austin Studio Tour.

Theater Company of kt Shorb Honored with B. Iden Payne Award

Fri. November 11, 2016

photograph of actor Jonathan Itchon with hair tied in a bun playing a traditional guitar
Jonathan Itchon, member of graduate coordinator and Theatre and Dance M.F.A. candidate kt shorb's theater company, was recently honored with the B. Iden Payne award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Musical Theatre) for his work in The Mikado: Reclaimed. The Mikado: Reclaimed flipped the Gilbert and Sullivan classic on its head, presenting an (almost) all-Asian American cast performing a devised theatre piece with select musical numbers from the (in)famous operetta. Set in an internment camp in the near future, internees seek humanity amidst racism, corruption, and xenophobia.


Robin Hood: An Elegy, directed by kt shorb, showing at Vortex Theatre

Thu. August 6, 2015


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Graduate Coordinator (Art Education, Design, and Studio Art) kt shorb directs Robin Hood: An Elegy, playing at The Vortex August 7–22, 2015. The play was featured in the Austin Chronicle's "Gay Place: A Feather in the Cap" and "Getting Political With The Tree Play and Robin Hood: An Elegy."

Eric McMaster exhibits at Press Street's Antenna Gallery

Mon. September 22, 2014

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Image courtesy of the artist.

R. Eric McMaster presents work in An Imperfect Force at Press Street's Antenna gallery. In his work, McMaster features "themes of obedience, vulnerability, resistance, and eventual acceptance. While all of these traits are apparent in sporting events, they can also be found in societal situations; as such his work mixes both easily read, ever-insistent sport regulations and the veiled societal interactions that manipulate humanities’ natural first response." 

The exhibition will be on display September 13 through October 5. McMaster will give an artist's talk on October 2.

The Department of Art and Art History Remembers Donna Bruton, 1954-2012

Thu. October 11, 2012


Donna Bruton

It is with great sadness that the Department of Art and Art History reports the passing of former faculty member Donna Bruton. A thoughtful friend and amazingly patient educator, Donna taught in the department from July 1991 – August 1993 before taking a position at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she remained for the rest of career. A nationally recognized artist, Donna had paintings presented in group exhibitions and 15 solo shows. Her work is included in private collections in London, Germany, Holland, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Austin, as well as in private collections at the RISD Museum and the Gwanjiu Museum in Korea. Although her time in our department was relatively short, in the words of John D. Murchison Professor in Art John Yancey, “she had a profound and lasting impact on those who worked with her.”

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